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  • Legacy of excellence; Lt. Gen. Brad Heithold retires after 44 years

    Lt. Gen. Brad Heithold, Principal Deputy Director, Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation, Office of the Secretary of Defense and former commander of Air Force Special Operations Command, retired from the Air Force June 28 in a ceremony here at the Soundside Club.
  • Historical interview: Johnny Alison

    Maj. Gen. Johnny Alison, 1st Air Commando Group, was interviewed in 1979 for the oral history program of the Air Force. The following text is an excerpt focusing on his entry into the military and topics relating to the orgin and early days of the Air Commandos.
  • Historical interview: Phil Cochran

    In 1975, Philip G. Cochran participated in an oral history interview conducted by Dr. James C. Hasdorff. The excerpt below focuses on Cochran's entry into the Air Force and the organization and early employment of 'air commandos.'
  • Pennsylvania Air Guard unit brings comm package to Vigilant Guard

    Airmen of the 193rd Special Operations Wing provided communications support during the recent Vigilant Guard exercise in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. They brought unique capabilities to the austere environment with two Joint Incident Site Communications Capability packages.
  • CV-22 crews save lives

    In the early morning hours of Dec. 21, 2013, 8th Special Operations Squadron crews departed in three CV-22 Ospreys to evacuate American citizens from the remote city of Bor, South Sudan.The mission was proceeding as planned through three countries and 790 nautical miles. The Ospreys arrived at the United Nations compound in Bor on time. After
  • Hurlburt CV-22 pilot may take mission to Mars

    Pilot, inventor, potential Martian, and mustache aficionado are just a few of the words to describe one Air Commando at Hurlburt Field, Fla.Maj. Nick Noreus, 8th Special Operations Squadron CV-22 Osprey pilot, is a man on a mission with high hopes of being one of the first humans on the planet Mars."I can't remember a day I didn't want to fly,"
  • New AFSOC command chief takes special route from Brooklyn to Hurlburt

    There's an air of grit and determination about the new command chief master sergeant for Air Force Special Operations Command.Chief Master Sgt. Matthew Caruso took AFSOC's top enlisted seat April 25, 2014, after a nine-month assignment in Korea. Part of the Chief Caruso package delivered to the headquarters building was a past, present and future
  • Cannon welcomes first-ever MTL

    Molding and mentoring young first-term airmen is no longer a job specific to Basic Military Training, or even technical school. As of early March, Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., welcomed its first-ever Military Training Leader. Since Staff Sgt. Johnathon Turner, 551st Special Operations Squadron MTL, first got to Cannon, he has been diligently
  • POTFF adds Family Support Coordinators

    The Preservation of the Force and Family initiative continues to grow here. For example, Family Support Coordinators have recently been assigned to various groups and squadrons across the base. "I believe our job is what ties the POTFF initiative together," said Christina Lewis, 1st Special Operations Maintenance Group FSC. "We support the Airmen
  • 1 SOSFS patrols the skies

    "Off we go into the wild blue yonder..." begins the U.S. Air Force Song, but Airmen at the 1st Special Operations Security Forces Squadron aren't leaving all the flying up to traditional pilots. Approximately one year ago, the 1st SOSFS began a small unmanned aerial system program to operate the RQ-11B Raven. The Raven platform looks like a toy
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